Most people would predict mayhem if they put a dog, cat, and mouse in the same room. Nonetheless, this same mix of animals was just discovered at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the three of them couldn’t be more compatible.
At the beginning of March, Sasha the dog, Jack the cat, and Tweaks the rat were brought to the shelter by their owner.
“They had to downsize their house and couldn’t take the three animals with them, so they brought them here,” said Cheryl Rosenthal, OAHS’ communications and education coordinator. “Many people would ask, ‘Why did you do that?'” But hardly every establishment, much alone three, will allow dogs.”
The animals were required to undergo medical checks upon arrival at OAHS. Jack was the first person in line. When they escorted Jack inside the examining room, however, his demeanor abruptly altered.
Rosenthal stated, “He became extremely terrified and was snarling and not very helpful at all.” “So one of the employees said, ‘How about we attempt to bring the dog in?’ And it was incredible.
The shelter workers realized they had to keep Jack and Sasha in the same enclosure after observing how close they were.
Tweaks, on the other hand, was not forgotten; the prior owner had assured the shelter workers that all three animals got along.
“We figured, ‘Well, maybe we should bring the rat in,'” recalled Rosenthal. “So that’s what we did. We set the rat down, and it immediately began running all over the dog and kissing his face, while the dog licked the rat. So it was like, ‘OK, I suppose they are buddies after all.'”
Tweaks contacted Jack after kissing Sasha.
“Tweaks climbed up beside the cat and then got under his front paws and just rested there, like they were best buddies,” Rosenthal explained. “It was quite incredible.”
The Rat Pack was soon given to the three by the shelter personnel. They were captivated by how they interacted with one another, playing and snuggling and even sharing their food.
“They all like to kiss each other,” Rosenthal added.
The shelter workers hoped to comfort the animals together, but it takes 3 weeks to locate the appropriate adoptive family.
The Rat Pack’s life were turned upside down when Kathy Berens and her daughter stepped into the shelter.
“They had rescued a cat from us and were considering acquiring another cat, but they also wanted a dog,” said Rosenthal. “So Kathy overheard several of our employees discussing Tweaks, Sasha, and Jack, and she thought to herself, ‘This sounds like a ready-made family.’ This might be perfect for us.'”
Berens, on the other hand, originally refused Tweaks.
Rosenthal remarked, “She wasn’t sure about the rat.” “They make a lot of people feel sick.”
The workers at the shelter, on the other hand, pushed her to meet Tweaks.
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The Rat Pack has found their permanent home, and the shelter staff is thrilled, although they will miss having them around.
“It’s sort of bittersweet for everyone of our team,” Rosenthal remarked. “We’ve all become close to the threesome, but we’re simply glad they’re returning home.”